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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations, memberships and training. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

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Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
April 1, 2017
Aaction Movers
Agassiz Concrete Pumping, LLC
Aggregate Industries
BlackRock Drilling
CS Welding, LLC
Cudd Energy Service
Dakota Safety Strategies
Diamond B Technology Solutions
Franz Construction, Inc.
Henningsen Cold Storage Co.
Inland Truck Parts Co.
Kalenborn Abresist Corporation
Kassyl Maintenance Inc
Lahr Agency
Orwig's Livestock Supplements, Inc.
Timberline Construction
Trio Commercial Contracting
Vocational Training Center
Renewing Members as of 
April 1, 2017
Bakken Environmental and Safety Training Academy
Basaraba Excavating & Dirt Works LLC
Basin Electric Power Co-op - Leland Olds
Basin Filtration Systems
Benz Oil Co
Branick Industries, Inc.
Cal-Dak Cabinets
CCC  Group
Cenex Pipeline
CHI Friendship
City of Bismarck Public Works
City of Bismarck Public Works
City of New Town
Colter Energy
Comfort Zone Heating and Air
Crop Production Services
Dakota Fence Company - Bismarck
Dakota Growers Pasta Company
Dakota Medical Foundation
Dakota Prairie Grasslands (USFS)
Dakota Specialty Milling
Dakota Underground Company
Earth Systems
Elbowoods Memorial Health Center
Fargo Glass & Paint
Front Street Millwork & Lumber
Gateway Building Systems Inc
General Security Services
Grand Forks Welding & Machine
Grant's Mechanical, Inc.
Hebron Brick Supply
Holm Construction, Inc
Industrial Contractors, Inc.
Interiors by France
Interstates Construction Services, Inc.
KBW Associates, Inc
Konecranes, Inc.
Kustom Machine, Inc.
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
M J Dalsin Company, Inc.
McCody Concrete Products, Inc.
McKenzie Electric Cooperative
MHA Energy
Motor Coach Industries, Inc.
Nelson International
North Dakota Department of Health
Northern Electric Service, LLC
Northern Electric Service, LLC
Pastorek Construction
PEAK Elevator Performance Group
Plant Techniques & Services, Inc.
Plunketts Pest Control
Power Services Company
Pro Safe Services
Pro-Foam Insulation
R & K Contractors, Inc.
Real Builders, Inc.
Red Trail Energy, LLC
Redi Services, LLC
Rolette Community Care Center
Ron's Fabrication, Inc.
RTS Shearing LLC
RV Enterprises
RWW Quantum Inc.
Scherr's Cabinet & Doors, Inc.
Scott's Electric, Inc.
Sentry Crane Services
Summers Manufacturing Company
Sure Foot Corporation
Sure Foot Corporation
Swanberg Construction, Inc.
T F Powers Construction Company
Tecton Products LLC
TEK Energy Services
Titan Electric Inc
Total Safety
Traill County Highway Department
Twin City Roofing
United Blood Services
Unlimited Excavating
US Army Corps of Engineers
Valley Truck Parts & Service Inc.
Western Products, Inc.
Wyoming Casing Service, Inc.

Most Crash Reports Do Not Capture Drowsy, Drunk, Drugged and Distracted Driving

Incomplete data compromises efforts to save lives in an era where motor vehicle deaths are rising


Originally stated by National Safety Council  | April 25, 2017


May 1, 2017 – A National Safety Council review of motor vehicle crash reports from across the United States found no state fully captures critical data needed to address and understand the rise in roadway fatalities. Crash reports from all 50 states lack fields or codes for law enforcement to record the level of driver fatigue at the time of a crash, 26 state reports lack fields to capture texting, 32 states lack fields to record hands-free cell phone use, and 32 lack fields to identify specific types of drug use if drugs are detected, including marijuana. Excluding these fields limits the ability to effectively address these problems.


States are also failing to capture teen driver restrictions (35 states), and the use of advanced driver assistance technologies (50 states), and of infotainment systems (47 states). The findings are summarized in the new NSC report, Undercounted is Underinvested: How incomplete crash reports impact efforts to save lives, released during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.    


“The road to zero deaths is paved with potholes,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.  “Someone is seriously injured on our roads every 8 seconds; someone is killed every 15 minutes. In too many cases, we are gathering the ‘what’ but not the ‘why’ and better data will enable us to make better decisions.”


Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies can be more effective.


The National Safety Council identified 23 specific crash factors that should be captured on crash reports. While no state is capturing data for all 23 fields, Kansas and Wisconsin lead the nation by including fields and codes on reports for 14 of the factors identified as critical by NSC. Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska each are capturing just five of the 23 factors.


Six states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York and Virginia – do not provide fields or codes for police to capture alcohol impairment at low levels, even though fatal crashes involving drivers with low BACs are not uncommon. Of the eight states that have decriminalized recreational marijuana use, only four states – Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington – include fields and codes to record positive marijuana results from drug tests.


The National Safety Council is calling on the traffic safety community to take several actions to ensure better data collection, including moving toward filling out crash reports electronically, updating forms more frequently to capture emerging issues such as fatigue and driver use of new technologies, adopting an investigatory approach to crashes and using electronic data recorders to collect crash factors such as performance information on any advanced driver assistance system in the vehicle. A full list of recommendations can be found at  


New Safety Consultant Joins the NDSC

robin martin ndsc trainerApril 27, 2017 - Robin Martin joined the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) as a part-time safety consultant to assist with the growing need for CPR and first aid training in the state.

Martin earned her associate degree in business from Bismarck State College and spent more than four years in the United States Army. During her 36 year career in the utilities industry, she refined her teaching style while serving as an on-staff instructor for defensive driving, CPR and first aid.

 Martin’s primary responsibility at the NDSC will be to serve as an instructor for the First Aid Department. She is currently certified to teach both adult and pediatric CPR/AED/First Aid courses.

NDSC Defensive Driving Instructor to Receive Recognition at National Safety Event


April 26, 2017 - The National Safety Council (NSC) recently selected Jason Balvik of the West Fargo North Dakota Police Department to receive the NSC Defensive Driving Course Alive at 25 Instructor of the Year Award. Balvik, a North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) Traffic Safety instructor, will be recognized Sept. 23, 2017 during the NSC's Annual Safety Congress in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Balvik was chosen from the NSC's 6,000 certified Defensive Driving Course instructors worldwide. This award is based on the personal best performance of the instructor as evaluated by the instructor's students and supervisors. Balvik will be credited for his teaching style, professionalism, leadership, dedication, and desire to make our nation's highways safer.

"I am honored to have nominated Jason Balvik for this award. Not only has he been a catalyst for getting Alive at 25 into Fargo area schools and driver's education programs, but he teaches this program both on and off the job. He strongly believes in this curriculum, in the lives of our state's youth, and his passion shines bright in his trainings," says Terry Weaver, NDSC Traffic Safety Coordinator.

Balvik teaches Defensive Driving Courses (DDC) for the NDSC in Fargo on a quarterly basis. Click here to learn more about the DDC programs.

Local Businesses Honor Workers Who Died On the Job
workers' memorial day silhouettes at NDSC
April 25, 2017 – Every year, more than 4,000 workers die on the job and nearly four million are injured or made sick at work. Workers’ Memorial Day is held each year on April 28 to honor those workers and renew the commitment to protecting the safety and health of all workers. This week, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) and their members, in partnership with OSHA, are paying tribute to the 47 workers killed on the job in North Dakota in 2015 by placing unique memorials at their sites.
At more than 10 businesses across Bismarck-Mandan, you will find life-size silhouettes featuring real stories of workplace incidents in North Dakota that claimed the lives of someone’s parent, friend, or coworker. With these memorials, businesses and their employees are acknowledging the suffering experienced by families and communities, and renewing their commitment to safety.
Memorial are on display at the ND State Capitol as well as the following businesses: NDSC, AGC of ND, Bismarck State College Energy Department, Bilfinger Westcon, Border States, ICI, KLJ, MDU Resources, Montana Dakota Utilities, ND Association of Counties, and Sanford OccMed.
Join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - May 8-12, 2017
April 24, 2017 - Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention". It's an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company's safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.
Participate in the Stand-Down, May 8-12, 2017
Several resources are available to help you host a stand down at your business. The North Dakota Safety Council offers a Fall Protection for Construction Safety Talk as well as a link to OSHA's many resources including:
  • A Poster
  • Education and Training Tools
  • Videos
  • A Training Guide
  • And much more!


‘First Aid Fast Facts’ Event in Minot

April 18, 2017 - The NDSC and Minot Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a First Aid Fast Facts Lunch-and-Learn session May 17 at 11:30am in Minot.

According to a National Safety Council survey, two out of five companies do not understand the basic OSHA requirements for first aid and CPR. This session will be jam-packed with facts about OSHA’s first aid and bloodborne pathogens standards and will explain the importance of AEDs in the workplace.

During this session, we will address some of your most pressing questions, including: 

  • How does OSHA define close proximity?
  • How do I determine response time?
  • Who must be trained in CPR and first aid?
  • What is an AED, why is it important, and what do I need to have in place to minimize liability?

The event will be held at the NDSC’s Minot facility. The cost is $15 per person and lunch is included. Click here to register.

Learn Key Steps to Creating a
Comprehensive Emergency Action Plan
Attend the Next Critical Issues Event to be Held in Bismarck

April 12, 2017 – The NDSC is hosting their next Critical Issues Training event Wednesday, May 3 in Bismarck from 7:30am – 9am. This event is free to NDSC Members and open to the public for $30.

This session, Key Steps to Creating a Comprehensive Emergency Action Plan, is based on FEMA’s suggested best practices for building a comprehensive emergency action plan for any emergency, including severe weather, active shooter, bomb threats, and fire. The session will outline key aspects needed to create the plan and how to work with outside agencies in the planning process. You will leave with the basic knowledge and key first steps needed to create a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan for your facility.

Register today to reserve your seat!

The Critical Issues Training Series is a networking and learning opportunity for the safety professional, featuring topics to make their jobs easier and workplaces safer. The trainings are free to NDSC members, open to the public, and rotate to a new city each quarter.

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The NDSC sends out relevant safety and training information to members and safety advocates, via email, on a regular basis. Some companies’ Internet Service Providers (ISP) block emails from the NDSC’s email service, Constant Contact. If your company is a member of the NDSC, or you have signed up to receive our email updates, but have not been receiving them,


If you would like to receive our email updates but are not currently signed up, please sign up today! We offer information including monthly training updates, NDSC Quarterly Newsletters, and relevant safety news updates.

The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.